Should we involve Uganda in endless wars with our trade partners on account of this?
“Abaine enaama, baita abatagiine” - meaning the ones who caucus first, can overpower the ones who do not caucus. Ekitetekatekirwe, embwa ekahuunga omukaro - sudden confrontation can lead to surprising outcomes like a dog running away from dried and spitted meat, thinking that it is a stone somebody has thrown at it. Obuyaayo bwaraba aha - a rubble has passed by here which is a riddle (ekiito)that is translated as “soldiers’ without a commander”.
Endimi nyingyi itukuriza obushera - many tongues spoil the broth.
All these proverbs refer to the problem of the dangers of lack of co-ordination and planning. Then there is another different angle that emphasises prioritisation. The relevant proverb says: “owabinga ibiri, imutsiga” - the one who tries to chase two animals when hunting, ends up failing to kill any.
By 1965, Uganda was moving fast towards a failed state on account of the pseudo - ideologies of sectarianism, chauvinism and disorientation. That is when the precursor of the NRM emerged in the form of some chapters of the student movement. The new things these students movement brought were, mainly, two: first of all, patriotism in ideology (anti-sectarianism and anti-chauvinism); secondly, organisational cohesion, discipline and very strict prioritisation. That is how the NRM steadily grew and, eventually, gained the upper hand and dominated the political space.